The Holiday Project - Easter Saturday visit, Saturday April 15th, 2017 at:
Grace Care Center at Veteran's Memorial
Visit confirmed with Activity Director, Denise Hudson
Houston, Texas 77038
Volunteer Visits with nursing home residents and rehab patients...
Bring the Spirit of a Holiday to Those Who Otherwise Might Not Have a Celebration! Make a Difference!! Brighten someone’s holiday and help them know they have not been forgotten.
Volunteers always share that they are blessed through their visits. All ages are invited to visit but an adult must accompany children throughout the visit. Volunteers will visit as a team with the residents in community areas and room to room.
Time spent at the facility is flexible, but generally the visits last from about 1 to 2 hours, depending on the size of the facility and other circumstances unique to the team and the facility. (Sometimes the staff on duty want us to visit in a communal area of the facility such as a recreation room or dining hall. Other times we are invited to do both a communal visit and then break into small clusters to visit room-to-room for those persons who don't get out of their rooms. Which of these approaches is used also affects the total length of time we spend at a particular facility.)
Goal: To brighten up the holiday by passing out handmade Easter cards and visiting with the residents and rehab patients.
Upon arrival: Meet in Lobby at Grace Care Center at Veteran's Memorial. Visit as 1 team or split up and visit as two teams if there is a large group of volunteers.
In the note section of this need sign up, please add how many will be visiting with you.
See detailed instructions for day of visit below....
1. Remember that you are in a medical facility. Be aware and be careful.
2. Do not assist a resident in moving from or to a wheelchair. Ask an employee to help.
3. Do not feed or offer food to residents unless directed by an employee.
4. When entering a resident’s room, always knock and introduce yourself as a volunteer. Ask permission before entering.
5. Stay with the group as you move through the facility.
6. Do not go into isolation rooms, those rooms will be marked with a sign to see staff before entering. If you are passing out cards please give staff cards for residents in isolation rooms.
7. Because of HIPAA Privacy Rules most facilities require a signed photo release for pictures of/with residents. Therefore no pictures of resident's faces are allowed on The Holiday Project visits. The best way to take a picture is taking the back of the resident and the faces of the volunteers. The experience can still be documented in a picture without the resident's face.
8. It is not required but volunteers can make handmade Easter cards to pass out during the visit.
9. Have Fun! Together we CAN make a difference and REMEMBER...
"To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world!"
10. Any questions email Donna Martin at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please ensure all members of your group are in good health for the visit. Thanks for sharing your time to brighten up Easter Saturday for the residents!
Follow up pictures and/or stories, to Donna after your visit are always appreciated....email her at: email@example.com